3rd Sunday of Easter (C)

Children Activities – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Children Activities – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Children Activities – 3rd Sunday of Easter


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BIBLE BLOCKS (3:08) – In this Bible resurrection story, Simon Peter and some other disciples are fishing when a stranger calls to them from the shore and instructs them to cast their net on the right side. They suddenly catch 153 fish after fishing all night and catching nothing. John recognizes that the stranger isn’t a stranger at all but is actually Jesus. After a breakfast on the beach, 3 times Jesus asks Simon Peter if he loves Him and then says to him, “Feed my sheep.”

Recognizing Jesus


The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Easter Year C show us that we must boldly proclaim the Good News and bring in a large catch of new Christians. In the first reading, the apostles are told not to preach of Jesus Christ, but they continue even though they suffer for it. The second reading shows all creatures in heaven and earth proclaiming Jesus Christ as king. And in the gospel, several disciples were fishing when Jesus appeared to them. He told them where to cast their nets and they retrieved a great catch. Then Simon Peter recognized Jesus and swam to him.


  • Evangelization
  • Recognizing Jesus
  • Suffering for the gospel
  • All of the earth praises God


SOURCE: Young Catholics: Catholic Youth Ministry, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Catholic Religious Ed, Catechist, Parish School of Religion (PSR), CCD, and Catholic Family Resources

Today’s Symbol is a Fish

SOURCE:  Catholic Children’s Liturgy Program Plans (Used worldwide since 2000)

PDF Handouts for Children

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.


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Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.

SOURCE: Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

Liturgical Activities


SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

  • This week find ways to show Jesus that you love him. Pray for one another and give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus.
  • On Sunday we gather together to be strengthened by the Lord and one another. Discuss these questions: How is our family strengthened by the Lord? By each other? How can we find more meaning in the Mass?
  • As a family, cook and enjoy a favorite meal together. Plan a menu that includes a favorite food for each family member. Before the meal, talk about the food of life that Jesus has to offer.
  • Jesus offers himself to us, feeds us, and strengthens us so that we may strengthen others. Have different members of the family help each other do their jobs this week as a way of being supportive and encouraging in the family.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

“We Love Jesus” Poster

Word Sunday

“Do you love me?” The question Jesus asked Peter was not new. His command to Peter was new. If you love me, Jesus seemed to say, take care of my brothers and sisters.

How do we love Jesus? How do we take care of each other? The narrative of Peter and Jesus connect the two questions. To make the point, create a poster labeled, “We Love Jesus.” Cut out heart shapes from red construction paper. Write on the hearts ways your family members care for each other. Glue the heart shapes on the poster. End the project with a prayer of thanks for Jesus’ love and the love of your family.

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Jesus appears to his disciples and shares. a meal with them

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Younger children have enjoyed special meals with their families. Lead them to see that God feeds us in many ways.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Just as particular foods are associated with particular celebrations, bread and wine are integral to our celebration of the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
The actions that follow words of forgiveness are as important to restoring hurt relationships as the words themselves. In the dialogue between Jesus and Simon Peter, we see Jesus healing a broken relationship in word and action as he entrusts to Peter leadership of the Church.


Family Connection

Today’s Gospel describes what we can easily imagine as a picnic on the beach. Just as Jesus’ miracle at the wedding feast at Cana blesses the love between man and woman celebrated in the sacrament of marriage, Jesus’ attentiveness to food and mealtimes raises the possibility that our meal gatherings can be sacred times. In families, the domestic church, our meals together are everyday opportunities to gather and recall Jesus’ presence with us. As in the Eucharist, we bring the gifts that God has given us….
Consider a recent family meal: What food was served? Where did the food come from? Who prepared the food? Who served the food? Was mealtime a happy time? Why or why not? Observe that today’s Gospel tells about a meal that Jesus shared with his disciples after his Resurrection….



Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

Eucharist and Mission

PRIMARY SESSION – Christians are called to follow Jesus. Followers of Jesus love and care for others. The risen Christ strengthened the first disciples so that they could love and care for others. The risen Christ strengthens us as well. Catholics believe that the meal of Eucharist gives us the strength to love God and others. The Eucharistic meal increases our love for the poor and it renews our faith. The Eucharistic liturgy, the Mass, strengthens us to live as followers of Jesus.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved


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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA (7:34) – Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain – 2nd Reading from the Book of Revelation (2022)



Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources.

Courage and Keeping Promises

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: What makes a person courageous? Do you know anyone with courage? Who are they? Why do you believe they have courage?

In the story for the first reading, competitive Sally stood up to a cheat in a kick ball game. She suffered for her convictions, just like Peter and John did when they proclaimed the Good News.


Sally stood up for what she believed was right. So did the apostles. They were arrested for telling others about Jesus. And they stood up to the court when they were ordered not to. They were even beat up for doing what they thought was right. Fighting isn’t good. But standing up for what you believe is a good thing, even if it means you’ll get hurt. That’s what courage is all about. To be a believer in Jesus sometimes requires courage.

Bridging Question: How much courage does it take to keep a promise?

In the story for the gospel, Judy promised to visit her grandmother. When she wavered, her grandmother asked a simple question: “Do you love me?” That question changed Sally, in the same way it changed Peter. It made both understand the responsibilities of love.


We may not have the courage of a Judy or a Peter, but we do have the Holy Spirit who lives in us to give us inner strength, to do the right thing, and to help others.

Closing Question: How have your promises helped you grow strong?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com; Used with permission.


Use your own judgment when including and adapting these lessons in your children’s ministry.

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OTCC KIDS (4:17) – Children’s Message | Feed my Lambs


Love in Any Language

No object is needed, but you could make a small sign with “I love you” written in the various languages that you plan to use in the sermon.  There is a link to a list below sermon.


A few years ago, there was a song that became very popular. The name of the song was “Love in Any Language.” Can you say, “I love you” in any different languages? This morning we can learn at least three different ways to say, “I love you.”

In German, you would say, “Ich liebe dich!” Can you say that?

In Spanish, you would say, “¡Te amo!” That is pretty easy — try it.

In sign language, you would say, “I love you” like this. (Hold up the “I love you!” sign.) I know that you can all say, “I love you!” in sign language! (See bottom of page.)

You know, it is pretty easy to say, “I love you,” but it is sometimes a lot harder to show it by our actions. That is what our Bible story is about today.

After Jesus was raised from the dead, he appeared to his disciples several times. On the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples, he was with them on the shore by the Sea of Galilee. He turned to Peter and said, “Peter, do you love me?”


 Coloring Page  Fill in the Blank  Word Search  Group Activities  Crossword  Multiple Choice  Word Shape  Worship Bulletin

SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Prove It

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Small chalk board or poster board and marker, apples and oranges or other items you have on hand to demonstrate addition and subtraction.

EXCERPT: When you begin to study mathematics you soon realize that you must be able to prove your answer. Some of you may be just beginning to think about math and others, who are older, are further along.

Let’s start with simple mathematics. Here we have apples. Let’s count them. Yes, one, two. Now if I take one apple away, how many are left? Yes, one. How do I know this answer is correct? If I place the apple I took away, back with the first apple, I now have two, the number we started with. I have added one apple to the other apple to make two and if I subtract (take away) one apple from the other apple I have one. (Demonstrate the numbers on a chalk board or poster board.)

Let’s try the exercise again with oranges. Here we have five oranges. If I take away two oranges how many are left? Yes, three. Let’s count them. How can we prove that this is correct? Yes, by adding back the two oranges we took away. Now we have five and have proven that our solution to the problem is correct.


Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

God’s Guidance

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Fishing equipment

EXCERPT: How many of you have gone fishing? I don’t fish, but I’ve learned some things about where to find fish, especially when fishing for trout. (Show picture.)

I’ve learned that fish like cold water and that they need air (oxygen) that’s in water. Fish might hang out near a waterfall because the water there is churned up and has more air in it.

They like to swim in quiet pools because that is where they are likely to find food. They like to eat bugs and insects, so they may swim where trees overhang the river or lake. Bugs fall off the trees and into the water.

Early in the morning or in the evening, just before dark, is a good time to go fishing. These are the times fish like to feed and you will have a better chance of catching a fish during those times.

Even if you use all these ideas you may not catch a fish. You must be patient and wait, wait, wait.


Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Dollar Store Children Sermon

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DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN’S SERMONS (7:11) -This video is presented by John Stevens, a Lutheran (ECLA) pastor.

Text: John 20:19-31

Dollar Store Item: The Number 3, telling something 3 times, teaching 3 times.

Take Away: Jesus continues to teach the dsiciples and us about loving and who Jesus is for the world!

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The Prodigal Son

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: Print out the picture at end of this .pdf or use fake money from Monopoly

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer


  • Hold up picture / fake dollar bill ] I have a question for you – can you tell me what this is? (a dollar bill)
  • That’s right – and what does a dollar bill do? (it buys things)
  • So if I bought something for a dollar – we’d say, “it’s worth a dollar,” right? (right)



  • I wanted us to talk about wasting money because in some ways that’s what today’s scripture story is about.
  • In the story that we heard Jesus tell in the scripture passage that was read today, there is a child, a son, who asks for a lot of his father’s money.
  • The father gives the child the money. The son then leaves home and wastes all of the money – just like I ripped up the dollar a few moments ago.



  • One of the reasons Jesus tells this story is because we often think like the son does.
  • We often think that things are just as important to God as we are.
  • We think God won’t be friends with us if we ripped up some of the things that that God gave us.




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SERMON WRITER – 2nd Reading

New Beginnings

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Pictures of a snake shedding its skin

EXCERPT: Some of you may not like the idea of snakes, but let’s see if we can learn something from their behavior. Did you know that a snake sheds its skin? Some of you may have actually seen an old skin that a snake has left behind. It is usually all in one piece, in the shape of a snake, and looks dried out.

Snakes shed their skin because they need more room to grow and they may do this once a year or several times a year. It is similar to when you outgrow your clothes and need to get larger ones that fit better.

The snake starts a rip in its skin by rubbing against something rough and then it slips out of its skin in the way you pull off your stockings. Beneath the old skin is a beautiful new skin that will allow the snake to grow.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

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